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Sound off about the ways the world gets ADHD wrong—and why it should wake up and smell the reality.
posted: Monday March 24th - 9:35am
Is ADHD a Disease? That's Not the Right Question
The litmus test is: Will a child be better off, in the long run, with ADHD treatment?
A series of articles and books have popped up lately denying that ADHD is a legitimate disease. Some have cited allegations that Dr. Leon Eisenberg, an early pioneer in identifying ADHD, made a deathbed confession that ADHD is a “fictitious” disease. So is ADHD a legitimate disease? The first question that needs to be answered is: What’s a disease? Diseases are social constructs. Our concept of disease is...
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posted: Tuesday December 17th - 9:52am
The Media: Getting a Lot Wrong about ADHD — Again
A new front-page article about attention deficit in the New York Times is inaccurate in places, outdated in others, and unnecessarily frightening to many people.
The front page of the New York Times on Sunday, December 15, 2013, featured an article, “The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder,” by Alan Schwarz. It says that the number of diagnoses of ADD soared amid a 20-year drug marketing campaign. This lengthy article says that “classic ADHD,” historically estimated to affect 5% of children, is a legitimate disability that impedes success at school, work, and...
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posted: Monday October 21st - 9:35am
More Diagnosis Means More Treatment — and a Greater Chance for Success
A new article in the ~New York Times~ yesterday decries the fact that ADHD diagnoses and treatment are increasing. The author couldn’t be happier. Managing ADHD at an early stage can propel students to success at school and in life.
The article from that ran in the New York Times this past Sunday, entitled "The Not-So-Hidden Cause Behind the ADHD Epidemic," by Maggie Koerth-Baker, continues the pattern of the newspaper to look at mental health developments in general, and ADHD in specific, from a conspiracy theory point of view. The article notes the fact that the rate of diagnosis and treatment have been steadily rising in little...
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posted: Wednesday October 2nd - 10:15am
Danger: Distraction Ahead
The last thing I need when I’m behind the wheel is to hear a strange, unexpected beep from my iPhone. How about you?
posted: Thursday June 6th - 7:30pm
“Teacher, I Need Your Help”
What ADHD students wish their teachers knew.
posted: Wednesday May 1st - 10:07am
Speak Up for Kids — and Promote Mental Health
The annual Speak Up for Kids campaign will kick off and run through May. ADDitude wants to pass the word, and hopes that you will do the same.
posted: Thursday April 25th - 4:46pm
What Kids Need When Classmates Reject Them
Parents can save the day for their ADHD child with these hopeful, helpful strategies for finding enduring friendships.
posted: Thursday October 18th - 5:04pm
I’ve Got a Few Things to Say to ADHD Doubters
A specialist in attention deficit takes on — and corrects — the "facts" about ADHD.
posted: Friday October 12th - 4:54pm« Speak Up, Please
ADHD: Misunderstood Again?!
This New York Times article just doesn't get ADHD. ADDitude responds to media misconceptions about attention deficit.
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